|Dreaming of...not palm trees.|
|It has useless pockets!|
|Close-up of the bodice. Not too shabby, considering the issues I had.|
|A look at the halter strap. I also sewed in ribbons for hanging it up with.|
To make the halter part, I just sewed an extra-wide bias tape into a tube, then put buttonholes in both ends. I put a button on the inside of the dress, so technically I can even wear it strapless if I want to. Maybe with a cardigan, since I don't think I'm that courageous.
|The ribbons for hanging actually work!|
Fabric used: thrifted poly-cotton bedsheet ($1.50), cotton muslin (stash)
Notions: button (stash), ribbon (stash), swimsuit hook for the waist stay ($0.75), zipper ($2), and extra wide bias tape ($3), boning ($3)
Hours: Ummmm, probably 12? But a lot of that is due to my lack-of-foresight-fit-issues and slowness of hand-stitching.
Techniques used: Handpicked, lapped zipper, waist stay, boning, pleating
|My lovely pleats.|
Will you do this again? Yes, with hopefully a lot fewer issues and less time involved!
Total cost: More than my usual dresses -- over $10!
Final thoughts: I am so glad that this dress worked out! I actually had a hard time falling asleep worrying about this dress a couple nights last week. But it just goes to show, it is actually possible to draft a working strapless dress from another bodice pattern. Also, boning is amazing. I am no longer scared of it.
I'm so glad I finished this dress while it's still warm out. October has see-sawed between being cold, gray, and misty and being ninety-plus degrees. Also, I'm hoping I'll get to wear this when I go to Arizona next weekend. I mean, come on, it's a desert!